By Andy Blom, TES Contributor
The Media is breathlessly watching for war with Iran, the President announces his campaign for re-election, Joe Biden goes unapologetically racist and Congress continues to be ineffective. Meanwhile, free market conservatives continue to work on legislation, policy initiatives and practical approaches. Here’s a roundup of this week’s activity in Washington…
- Surprise! The Government Wastes Money! The Pig Book Tells How Much. Citizens Against Government Waste, a key watchdog group, has released the 2019 Congressional Pig Book Summary. For the second year in a row, during a supposed earmark moratorium, members of Congress have set records for the cost and number of earmarks. The Pig Book Summary highlights the most blatant examples of your money being frivolously wasted. Get angry or depressed at www.cagw,org, or @GovWaste.
- Tennessee VW Workers Reject the UAW. Again! The Center for Worker Freedom reports that last Friday workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee rejected unionization by an 833 to 776 vote. 93% of the eligible workers voted in the election. This is the second time in the last 5 years workers at the plant have rejected UAW attempts to unionize, remaining wary of union corruption and misuse of union dues. For more information contact Olivia Grady, Senior Fellow, Center for Worker Freedom, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CEI Leads Coalition Letter Supporting Blumenauer-McClintock Amendment. The Competitive Enterprise Institute is targeting Congressional leaders with a Coalition Letter supporting the Blumenauer-McClintock Amendment to the CJS Appropriations Act. The bi-partisan amendment prohibits the use of taxpayers’ money by federal authorities to prosecute marijuana providers and users who are in compliance with state-based marijuana laws. Supporters of the amendment also feel it is an important protection of the principle of federalism – allowing states to govern matters within the sovereign power’s of the state. Sign the letter? Learn more at www.cei.org.
Short Takes of The Week:
- Citizens Climate Lobby soft pedaling carbon tax complexity. The well-funded lobby group was caught on tape admitting hiding the facts.
- Joe Biden says “First thing I would do as President is Eliminate the President’s Tax Cut”. ATR lists just how painful that would be.
- New York’s Climate Protection Act can kill jobs, drive business from the state and be an unbearable burden on taxpayers. And with Democrats in complete control of state government, it will probably get even worse.
- NJ Dem Legislators Fight Dem Governor refusing to pass his tax hikes or his budget. However, the Democrats in the Legislature have their own poisonous tax plans to help drive business from the state.
- More Government Meddling: Digital Service Taxation would most likely create taxes on tech companies worldwide that would end up coming from consumers’ pockets. IGO Watch urges you to oppose any international regime of digital service taxation. Visit www.atr.org for more information on these and other important issues.
- Panel Discussion: TRAINING UP WORKERS FOR TODAY’S AND TOMORROW’S JOBS. Monday, June 24, 11:00 AM, Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium. Info and RSVP: www.heritage.org/events.
- Charles Koch Institute Luncheon and Panel Discussion: REBUILDING A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS ON TRADE POLICY. Tuesday, June 25, 12- 1 PM. Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902. Registration is free and open to the public. RSVP: https//bit.ly/2WHIOqj.
- THE SEC, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, FINTECH AND THE ECONOMY, featuring the Honorable Hester M. Pierce, SEC Commissioner. Tuesday, June 25, 12-1 PM, Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium. Info and RSVP: heritage.org/events.
- RNLA SUMMER LUNCHEON. Republican National Lawyers Association Summer Luncheon featuring House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. Wednesday, June 26, 12 – 1 PM, Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. RSVP: org/McCarthyLunch.
And Last But Most Certainly Not Least, Plan Ahead!
- NATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN is holding their 40th Biennial Convention, September 26 – 29 in Indianapolis. The NFRW Convention will bring together nearly 1,300 women who are political and business leaders in their communities and states. For Exhibitor Opportunities and/or Program Advertising, contact Lucy Powers at email@example.com.
- Austrian Economics Center, Hayek Institut, and Fundacion Internacional Bases,Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century, November 13-14, Vienna, Austria. Web site.
Andy Blom is a senior policy and political writer, strategist, analyst and activist.